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Twelve proved a good number for peace

C. Jaisankar
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12-12-2012 witnessed 12000 students engaged in a silent prayer

The prayerful powerfulAchariya Public Educational Trust, which organised the student-gathering in Puducherry on Wednesday, chose this day to make an impact while spreading the message that peace was the need of the hour.
The prayerful powerfulAchariya Public Educational Trust, which organised the student-gathering in Puducherry on Wednesday, chose this day to make an impact while spreading the message that peace was the need of the hour.

Even though there were differing views about celebrating the important date, 12.12.12, curiosity ran high among people worldwide on Wednesday.

Puducherry was no exception to this. As many as 12000 students studying in 12 institutions of Achariya Educational Trust utilised the rare opportunity to a sort of great record.

The enthusiastic students, ranging from kindergarteners to college students, formed a big circle in sitting posture, and began a mass silent prayer exactly at 12 noon on 12.12.12, for world peace at the Achariya Siksha Mandir at Villianur near here. Interestingly, they meditated for 12 minutes and 12 seconds duration in the presence of observers of Limca Book of Records. The organisers say that they were successful in making the record.

Then they exchanged flowers with each other so as to develop a sense of camaraderie and the message to love and respect fellow human beings. Eventually, it turned out to be the largest group of people to exchange flowers at a time.

“Mankind is facing turbulent times for a plethora of reasons. We wanted to tell the people that peace was the need of the hour to build a good and meaningful society. We chose the date, 12.12.12, to reach out to the mass as it was a rare and important day in the calendar,” said J. Arawindhan, Managing Director, Achariya Public Educational Trust.

He hoped that the attempt would spread message among the people that there was a need to rise above regional, caste, linguistic, religious and other boundaries to ensure the world of peaceful co-existence.

The organisers also used the opportunity to create another record by tying friendship bands to each other. It turned out to be a largest group of people doing the same.

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